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Carole Hughes, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs
Boston College

Dr. Carole Hughes is currently Director of Graduate Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs at Boston College. Other positions she has held at Boston College include: Senior Associate Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Student Life, Executive Director for Strategic Planning, Assessment and Staff Development for the Office of the Vice-President of Student Affairs, Project Coordinator for the Boston College Campus Master Plan, Assistant/Associate Dean for Student Development, University Harassment Counselor and Director of First Year Experience. She currently serves on a number of University committees including the Emergency Management Executive Team, Graduate Academic Officers, Arts & Sciences Graduate Program Directors, Student Affairs Assessment Team, the Disabilities Services Coordinating Committee and the University Sub-Committee on Student Formation. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a master's degree in Educational Policy from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Boston College. Her doctoral dissertation was titled "College Students, Loneliness and Use of the Internet." She has also completed the Boston College Center for Responsible Leadership Program in the Carroll School of Management. She is currently enrolled in the MSW program in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work where her work is focused on older adults and families. Dr. Hughes has held student affairs positions at UMASS/Boston and Boston University where her administrative duties included orientation, residence life, financial management, student activities and Greek Life. She also has taught graduate courses in the Counseling and Applied Psychology program at Northeastern University. Dr. Hughes is a co-editor/contributor of "Roads Taken: Women in Student Affairs at Mid-Career" released in March, 2004 (Stylus Press). Her most recent article, co-published in 2016, is focused on attrition from the student affairs profession. Her research interests include the social implications of new technologies, mid-management career development issues and the implications of an aging workforce. Dr. Hughes is the past inaugural Vice-President of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA, 2012-2016)
and is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), presenting frequently at regional and national meetings She also served as Secretary on the Region I Advisory Committee from 2012-2016. She serves as a charter member and Vice-President of Membership for the Boston College Toastmasters Organization and the Secretary of the Wellesley Cultural Council. She is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph Preparatory High School in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters.